Republicans are marching West Virginia into the darkest corners of the past. Here are ten examples:
When Delegate Justin Marcum spoke up against union busting, you can hear how working people responded, and how the Republican Speaker of the House tried to shout them down.
2. At least as far back as 1891, reasonable regulations of concealed weapons were allowed. We got rid of those last week.
Senator Bob Beach spoke out about giving our jobs away to other states to please big business, but the Republicans did it anyway:
7. The basic principle that a landowner owns his land dates back to the Magna Carta amendments in the 14th and 15th centuries. Republicans are taking that away to give the power to gas companies to take land.
8. Here’s Senator Facemire talking about what regular people are in for if Republicans get their way on landowner rights:
9. Our constitution prohibits the government from imposing religion on the citizens. But the West Virginia GOP is calling for theocratic government from the House floor.
Delegate Mike Pushkin spoke eloquently about what religious persecution really means:
West Virginia needs leaders with ideas about the future, not a dismal forced march into the past. We’re going to have to jump through extra hoops, “qualify” for our right to vote, and turn out in record numbers, or we’ll all be looking for another place to live.
Here’s Senator Mike Romano talking about why we don’t need to change the Constitution: